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New doctoral training grant awarded to the University of Bristol

13 December 2017

The Bristol Doctoral College launches a Professional Development Programme for Industrial PhD researchers in Science and Engineering.

The University of Bristol has been awarded funding by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) to support new and current PhD studentships in Science and Engineering.

The NPIF is considered the  biggest government investment programme in over a decade, with £90 million awarded nationally to fund 1,000 new PhDs in UK Universities. This funding will be used to develop highly skilled researchers, needed by British industries for a thriving and innovation-led economy.

As part of the funding awarded to the University of Bristol, the Bristol Doctoral College leads the organisation of an Industrial PhD Professional development programme, co-developed with industrial partners. This programme has helped create 35 new studentships at the University of Bristol, and will also provide training opportunities for more than 500 EPSRC-funded Doctoral students.  

As part of this training programme, eligible doctoral students will be offered interactive workshops, networking opportunities and placements with a range of companies.

Working with industry and enabling students to address real world challenges is an important part of the programme, and partnerships are being developing with a number of companies.

Dr Tom Bartley, a senior research Engineer from WSP - one of the world’s leading engineering consultants and a PhD sponsor with the University of Bristol - said: “We encourage PhD students to attend every professional development training available to them - this is of huge value to  the student and the company.”

Dr Aby Sankaran, Bristol Industrial PhD Programme Officer in the Bristol Doctoral College, added: “The Bristol Industrial PhD Professional Development Programme is an exciting opportunity for research students to advance their skills and competencies to successfully collaborate with industry , expand their future career options and deliver value to their industrial sponsors.”  

The first of these workshops for EPSRC funded research students will take place on the 23rd January and is now open for registration. To find out more and to sign up please go to the Eventbrite page.

Further information

If you are an EPSRC/NPIF funded research student at the University of Bristol, please register for the programme here.

For any queries about the training programme, please contact Dr Aby Sankaran.

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